The Shoalhaven Fox Control Program is holding a field day this weekend at Milton to discuss the impact foxes and wild dogs are having on native and domestic animals.
Local experts will be on hand to talk to interested property owners and locals about how they can help in controlling fox numbers in the southern Shoalhaven.
The field day will be held at the Milton Showground on Saturday, March 13 from 2-4pm. The event will be subject to the current NSW Government COVID-19 restrictions.
The Shoalhaven Fox Control Program was initiated by the Shoalhaven Landcare Association in response to seeing the devastation foxes cause, and the need to find a cost-effective way of controlling them using local volunteers.
Since 2018, the program has trapped, shot or baited over 1300 foxes in the Shoalhaven local government area. Beginning in the northern Shoalhaven, the program is now expanding southward and are looking for interested locals to be involved.
"The key to the success of the program is engaging landowners and volunteers in new areas of the Shoalhaven, providing the required training free of charge and linking them up through our program," Peter Jirgens, project leader said.
"Volunteers only need a couple of hours spare each week, and no prior experience is required as training will be provided.
" Foxes have been identified as the highest predatory threat to our native wildlife, with an estimated half a million native animals killed every night in Australia by foxes. It is crucial that we reduce the fox numbers, especially in areas where the bushland is recovering from the recent bushfires."
The field day will be a chance for property owners and locals to hear from experts who will demonstrate the latest control techniques including baiting, operation of cage trapping and setting up remote sensor cameras.
It's also a chance to speak with experienced people about what they have done and what has worked well, and to meet like-minded people.
For further information contact Ron Cowlishaw on 0411 261 550.